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$1.1B in fast-track funding disbursed to ND communities

BISMARCK, N.D. — State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt says $1.1 billion in fast-track funding for highways and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth is being distributed. Schmidt says the funding started going out Friday. The fast-track legislation includes $450 million in funding for state highway projects. It includes $240 million for the 10 biggest oil-producing counties, $112 million for non-oil-producing ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of February 22 through February 27. Enjoy! 5. Stats show oil patch highway is most dangerous in state BISMARCK, N.D. — The main north-south artery in North Dakota’s oil patch is the most dangerous stretch of road in the state, newly released statistics show. U.S. Highway 85 had the most ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Legislature turns its back on Western North Dakota Minot Daily News, Minot, Feb. 25, 2015 Gov. Jack Dalrymple kept his word Tuesday and signed the $1.1 billion surge funding bill into law, making money available for construction projects this summer. Unfortunately, the bill he signed is not the same bill that was presented to the Legislature. The total funding came ...

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As pink slips mount, roughnecks cry foul

A roughneck from Abilene claims in a federal lawsuit that Patterson-UTI in Midland laid off him and 200 other rig hands earlier this month without the 60 days notice required by federal employment law. The suit states James Hanks found work as a roughneck in 2013 with Patterson-UTI in Midland, working on a rig for two weeks at a time, ...

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Officials in regional oil industry stress resiliency

BISMARCK, N.D. — A recent slide in oil prices is leading to fewer jobs in the western North Dakota oil patch, but officials there and in northwestern South Dakota say the regional industry is resilient and will ride out the slump. Openings posted at the Job Service North Dakota office in Williston have fallen from about 4,500 before the price ...

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ND daily oil production sets record, but rig count dropping

BISMARCK, N.D. — The number of barrels of oil produced per day in North Dakota set a record in December, but the tally of rigs in the oil patch has dropped precipitously since then, state regulators said Friday. The state’s Mineral Resources Department estimated December production at slightly more than 38 million barrels, or about 1.23 million barrels per day. ...

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Truckers who avoid New Town bypass facing $1,500 fine

NEW TOWN, N.D. — Truckers who don’t use a new $25 million highway bypass around New Town face the prospect of a $1,500 fine. Police in the western oil patch city have been issuing warnings, and this week they began enforcing the new ordinance with tickets to crack down on truck traffic. A city official recently observed 45 trucks in ...

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More infrastructure spending sought for fast growth areas

BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill that would expedite more than $1.1 billion so that infrastructure projects can begin by this summer particularly in North Dakota’s booming oil patch should include $173 million more in emergency funding for law enforcement, oilfield inspectors and highways, state officials told lawmakers Wednesday. The state Senate last month approved the special funding so that infrastructure ...

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